Title: Revelations from Outside the Box
Author: Peter Schmedding
Genre: Mind, Body & Spirit
How often do we wish we could say what we really feel in our guts? Do we ever feel free from restraints that stifle our true emotions and thoughts into oblivion? How long will we remain in denial of the effects of our evermore toxic world?
Revelations from Outside the Box brings into our awareness the unknown traps that secretly compromise our view of reality, undermine our conversations and ever so often lead to disagreements and hostility.
This book questions what we perceive and accept as reality. Relating a string of events that were observed in real life report factors, although they are the causes of untold, needless suffering, that we commonly ignore.
In the introduction to Revelations from Outside the Box we already get a glance of what the book is trying to tell us. An episode shows how a family of three people live in the same household and, by closer examination, in the way they see each other are miles apart. It also suggests how a simple adjustment not only prevents such estrangement but rather fosters a sound and productive relationship, in this case, between father and son.
Beyond the primary purpose this book describes certain arcane happenings of the human mind. It asks the question, could it be that there is a wellspring of wisdom that could benefit us all? A hypothetical time travel over a couple of hundreds of years gives us yet more food for us thinking outside the box.
Unlike a novel containing a plot and various life events, this book contains a selection of stories about the functions of the mind, observed from different perspectives. Many of the examples demonstrate how language ever so often misleads us, resulting in disagreements and hostility. In many cases the subject matter itself is not actually in dispute. Rather, the wrong words are used or perhaps the words chosen have a different meaning to different people and therefore do not communicate the intended message of the speaker. This practice of miscommunication seems to have infiltrated into human societies without anyone becoming aware of the conflict and suffering it causes.
A considerable part of this book deals with the developing minds of children. If a future more effective and productive world is to be created, it is the child who will be the catalyst to achieve this. This idea is supported by a report on Sustainable Development Goals being prepared for the UN Secretary General which states: “Unless Early Child Development is addressed effectively in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, countries will be locked into poverty, and sustainable development will not be achieved.”
One of mankind’s greatest sins is the neglect of millions of the next generation. What is needed in the world is not more people but higher quality people. That begins not at birth but at conception. After the child is born we continue its development on the foundation that is laid down from the first trimester. This topic is beyond the scope of this book, although some hints are mentioned in chapter 16.
How this ideology began
As a child of seven I was watching a woman talking to an official in a welfare office. I saw it written all over the man’s face: “What is the point you wish to make?” Undeterred by the man’s attempts to clarify the issue, the woman continued to talk. Then, convinced that she had given the man a piece of her mind, she headed home, and she was happy.
It is now eighty years ago since that observation triggered an interest that has followed me throughout my life. Habitually I observed people as they interacted. I collected what appeared to be pertinent events and recorded them in my long-term memory. Time and again, it became clear to me that in human communications one single process repeats itself over and over. A gap in communication that our languages are unable to bridge causes isolation, confusion and misunderstandings. It happens between people of low or high status or wisdom and extends to those who are in charge of millions. It seems to have snuck into human society without anyone realising how much this process affects our lives.
To explain these concepts further, let us look at how the core of our personality—our belief system—is created.
After working in the media for 25 years, Peter Schmedding retired and for another 25 years devoted himself to children’s preparation for adulthood. This fulfilled his lifelong dream to give to the young the nurture and support that he never received during his growing up years. Paradoxically, it was Peter’s emotionally and academically impoverished childhood that taught him, from the inside out, how such neglect damages the personality. Later in life Peter studied different philosophies of mental health and psychotherapy. He worked as a counsellor for many years. He lectured and presented papers on respective topics locally and overseas. Now, in his advancing years, he writes from personal experiences in a long and adventurous life.
From Peter’s Life
Category one, Educational clips
Electronics for Kids:
Atoms and the Universe:
Electricity Revealed #4:
Peter and 1000 kids:
Category two, Talk
The News. A speech at Toastmasters:
In Conversation with Susan Hampshire:
Across Generation Gap, Interview practice:
Category three, Peter’s Music
Another Sunny Day
Peter at the Organ playing his Interval:
Two songs without words: